Extent of Wood Utilization by Small Scale Furniture Makers: A Case Study of Aba Timber Market, Abia State

  • O. D. Chukwuemeka
Keywords: Lumber dimension, wood, furniture makers, timber species


This study examined the extent of wood utilization by small scale furniture makers in timber market, Aba Abia State. The study involves a random selection of 35 small scale furniture makers in Aba timber market. Structured questionnaires were used to collect information on the types of timber species used in furniture production, lumber dimensions used and percentage volume of wood used in furniture making. The data obtained was analyzed using descriptive statistics and Kruskal Wallis ranked sum test. The result from data collected showed that timber species like Milicia excelsa, Khaya spp and Terminalia ivorensis are most commonly used while species like Terminalia superba, Garcinia kola, Lovoa trichilioides were fairly or rarely used. Some lumber dimensions such as 1” x 12” x 12’,1” x 6” x 12’, 1” x 4” x 12’, 3” x 6” x 12’,3” x 12” x 12’ and 3” x 3” x 12’ were used for the production of furniture in timber market Umuahia. Also, some of the species like Khaya spp, Milicia excelsa, Terminalia ivorensis and others were highly utilized based on percentage volume on weekly basis. It is therefore recommended that necessary actions be taken to widen species utilization to increase value and profit, without expanding the area of harvest.


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